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Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English language labor news and current affairs radio program. “News for working people, by working people.” Our program covers issues in the labor movement locally, nationally, and internationally. The program also addresses issues of concern to working people such as housing, education, health care, immigrants rights, the environment and U.S. foreign policy, from a working class viewpoint. Labor Express Radio airs Sunday nights at 8:00 PM  (CST) and Monday mornings at 11:00 AM (CST) on Lumpenradio, WLPN, 105.5 FM in Chicago. The program is streamed live at lumpenradio.com. More information about the program can be found at facebook.laborexpress.org

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This is the full 3-26-2017 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode of Labor Express yet another charter school network is being organized by ChiActs, the union representing teachers at Chicago’s charter schools.  We have reported in our last few programs on the contract victories at the ASPIRA and UCSN networks.  Now teachers at the Noble network, one of the largest networks of charter schools in the city, have gone public with their effort to organize at Noble....
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Noble, charter schools
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This is the full 4-16-2017 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Did you file your taxes?  Yesterday, April 15th was of course tax day, the day by which all residents working in the U.S. are legally obligated to submit their annual tax returns.  Though the IRS is giving people until Tuesday the 18th to file this year as the 15th was a Saturday and Monday is Emancipation Day, a legal holiday in D.C.  A holiday commemorating Lincoln’s 1862 emancipation of slaves in the capital prior to...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, immigrants, migrants, taxes
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This is the full 11-5-2017 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode of Labor Express, graduate student teaching and research assistants at the University of Chicago have won their union election.  We will hear from some of the graduate employees as to why they chose to organize. And in the second half of tonight’s program, we will hear about how unions and environmentalists are coming together in Southern California to demand environmental and economic justice for...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, U of C, graduate students, GSU, environmental justice, Los...
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This is the full 5-7-2017 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. I hope everyone enjoyed their May Day this year.  Given President Trump’s attacks on both immigrants and workers, the worst we have seen in decades, many, including myself, had high hopes that May Day 2017 would be historic in terms of turnout.  A couple months back I thought perhaps we would see the return of the size of marches we saw back in 2006.  That did not come to pass.  But May Day 2017 may still turn out to be...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, immigrants, Los Angeles, May Day, UFCW, UNITE-HERE,...
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This is the full 8-13-2017 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode of Labor Express we look at the reasons the members of the Automobile Mechanics' Union Local 701 are currently on strike across the Chicago area.   We will also look at a new phase emerging in the fight against gentrification in the Pilsen neighborhood on Chicago’s southwest side.  Gentrification pressures have dramatically increased in the last few years as property values are once again on the...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, auto, mechanics, immigrant, pilsen, UAW
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Alianza Americas Executive Director Oscar Chacon discusses the contributions immigrants make to the economy through their tax contributions.
Topics: immigrants, Latinos, migrants, taxes
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This is the full 12-10-2017 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight's program I bring audio from the Binational Conference on Culture, Language, and Work in the Era of the North American Free Trade Agreement also referred to as the Bi-National Conference against NAFTA, though that was far from the only topic discussed at the conference.  In particular we will hear from two icons of the U.S. labor movement. From the two most important farm worker organizations in the country....
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, farm workers, farm labor, UFW, FLOC, Mexico, Mexican,...
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This is the full 7-2-2017 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.   On tonight’s episode of Labor Express Radio we will hear about a preliminary strike vote held by Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 308 which represents workers on Chicago’s El Trains.  We have been talking about the increasing militancy demonstrated by the ATU locals as they continue to work without a contract since 2015.  This move is the latest and perhaps most significant development in that struggle.  If a...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, teachers, CTA, transit, Oak Park, Minimum Wage, Cook County
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This is the full 5-21-2017 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. We have spent a lot of time in the past year or more focused on the struggles of teachers here on Labor Express.  So much so, that I can imagine some listeners might feel it has been overkill.  But the truth is that teachers and their unions have been at the lead of so many of the major labor battles in our city in recent years.  And this past month has been no exception.  So once again, we will hear from teachers...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, teachers, CTU, special education, Sarah Chambers, CTA,...
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This is the full 12-31-2017 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight's program I will air more audio from Binational Conference on Culture, Language, and Work in the Era of the North American Free Trade Agreement.  This time we will hear more specifically about how NAFTA has harmed working people in both the U.S. and Mexico. And later in the program we will hear from transit workers in Chicago who were fired by the CTA after they were assaulted by bus passengers. Labor Express...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, NAFTA
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This is the full 8-27-2017 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode of Labor Express we air and interview with Will Griffin of the organization Veterans For Peace who recently spoke at the Veterans For Peace National Convention in Chicago a couple weeks ago about the growing tensions and possibility of war with North Korea.  Griffin offers a perspective on the conflict we rarely hear in the U.S. mainstream press. And in the second half of tonight’s program, as movie...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Korea, war, peace, race, Detroit
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This is the full 2-26-2017 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On this week's episode of Labor Express Radio we take a look a two potentially exciting developments on the local labor scene here in Chicago. First, the teachers at the ASPIRA Charter School network on Chicago’s northside have voted overwhelming to strike.  Of course strikes are always tough on workers and in the case of schools difficult for the students and families affected as well.  But the overwhelming support for...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers
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This is the full 10-15-2017 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode of Labor Express Radio, members of Chicago’s Puerto Rican diaspora speak out about conditions on the Island and the Trump administration's role in making matters worse in the wake of two devastating hurricanes. Following that I will bring you audio from the National Workers Conference entitled Organizing Labor Fight Back & Building A Solidarity Network, which was hosted by UAW Local 551, October...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, CTA, transit, UAW, Puerto Rico, National Workers...
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This is the full 11-26-2017 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. I must make an apology.  On our last program I said I would include in tonight’s episode coverage of the Los Angeles and Long Beach Port Clean Air Action Plan and the important and exciting organizing going on in the Port of Los Angeles by both labor and environmental justice activists.  Unfortunately we will need to wait until the next program in two weeks for that.  But I will have some discussion of the importance...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, UAW Local 551, UAW, National Workers Conference,...
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This is the full 10-1-2017 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight's episode of Labor Express Radio, the Chicago Teachers Union and its allies try to deliver a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and are rebuffed.  Chicago anti-racism activists call on the city to dismantle monuments to fascism in Chicago.  And Chicago Mechanics sign a new contract with Chicago auto dealerships after significant concessions from the dealership owners. Labor Express Radio is Chicago's...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Betsy Devos, Education, teachers, schools, fascists,...
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This is the full 1-29-2017 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On this episode of Labor Express Radio, we will hear about one of Chicago’s unionized charter school’s, Instituto Justice Leadership Academy, where teachers and students are engaged in a struggle to prevent layoffs and preserve the school’s mission as a student centered, social justice orientated school. We will also hear about the struggle of transit workers in Chicago to win a fair contract, whose fight seems to be...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers
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This is the full 9-10-2017 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. This is our post Labor Day special and we will bring the voices of workers who rallied this past Monday - Labor Day.  Regular Labor Express Radio listeners undoubtedly know the real labor day is May 1st, International Workers Day.  But since the 1890’s here in the U.S. Labor Day has been celebrated in September.  It was a move meant to de-radicalize the holiday and it has largely worked.  Most associate Labor Day more...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Labor Day, Illinois, Bruce Rauner
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This is the full 3-12-2017 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On the week's episode of Labor Express Radio we a variety of topics to address. First, we will hear about how working women celebrated International Women’s Day, March 8th, here in Chicago and around the nation. Later in the program, the teachers at the ASPIRA Charter School network on Chicago’s northside may have finally won a new contract.  The union had set a strike date for Friday March 17th if management continued...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, women, ATU, transit workers, ASPIRA, charter schools,...
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This is the full 1-8-2017 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Happy New Year to all of our listeners.  This is the first new episode of Labor Express for 2017.  As the majority of working people in this country are trying to come to grips with the potentially dark future of a new year in which the incoming Trump administration is in power.  Some are organizing to fight back.  The end of 2016 saw a host of actions by unions and other working class organizations to challenge the...
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This is the full 2-12-2017 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On this episode of Labor Express Radio, we remember the life and work of a local labor movement legend.  Frank Rosen, was President of District 11 of the UE, headquartered here in Chicago, from 1976 until his retirement in 1990.  Frank continued to be a leader in local social movements well after his retirement.  Frank’s approach to social unionism which combined militant, progressive organizing with community...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers